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  • Co-signed student loans flunk borrowers

    Here's a riddle for all you trigonometry fans: What do you call it when a student asks dad or grandma to help them take out a college loan to study advanced math? Getting someone to co-sign so you can study cosines. Trust me: Somewhere, a university...
  • Mortgages may be easier to get than potential home buyers believe

    WASHINGTON — Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you won't be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment — they're lower than they were...
  • Durbin pushes refinancing plan for student loans

    Durbin pushes refinancing plan for student loans
    U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will appear at Loyola University this morning to tout a proposal to allow people with student loans to refinance them to a lower rate. Congress passed a law last year tying student loan rates to the financial markets and...
  • College considerations should include future debt

    College considerations should include future debt
    After going through the grueling process of applying for college, writing essays, keeping high school grades up and trying to boost ACT and SAT scores, high school seniors and their parents have a few more tortured days ahead. May 1 typically is when...
  • Problem Solver: Refunds, resolutions come slowly

    Problem Solver: Refunds, resolutions come slowly
    It hasn't been easy, but Jennifer Martens' struggles with Ocwen Loan Servicing appear to be nearing an end. Martens, featured in the April 8 column, had her mortgage switched from IndyMac to Ocwen in November — and promptly saw her account devolve...
  • Consumer borrowing in March saw largest increase in more than a year

    Consumer borrowing in March saw largest increase in more than a year
    Consumers increased their borrowing in March by the largest amount in more than a year in a sign of increased economic growth this spring. Outstanding consumer credit, which includes credit card balances and auto and student loans, jumped $17.5...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates at six-month low; 30-year averaging 4.2%

    Mortgage rates edged down a hair this week, hovering at the lowest level in six months, with Freddie Mac reporting that lenders were offering 30-year fixed home loans at an average of 4.2% compared to 4.21% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year...
  • Aging giant pandas at San Diego Zoo put breeding program in doubt

    Aging giant pandas at San Diego Zoo put breeding program in doubt
    Two developments have put in doubt the future of the successful panda breeding program at the San Diego Zoo. Six pandas have been born at the zoo under a research agreement with the Chinese government. The pandas remain the property of the Chinese but,...
  • Builders find silver lining in tight inventory of resale homes

    Chicago-area homebuilders are playing a game of catch-up after a rough winter delayed construction. And while they remain concerned about the broader economy and its effect on consumers' outlooks and their wallets, builders are smiling again. Among...
  • Local Voices Lake: March 27 edition

    Local Voices Lake: March 27 edition
    Letters to the editor from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Highland Park. Business owners This is concerning raising the minimum wage. An employer looks at a new law and considers what he has to do to comply with it. A raise for his workers of about...
  • State Settles With Companies Charging 'Exorbitant' Interest Rates

    The state has reached a settlement with two companies that issued loans at annual interest rates of up to 355 percent, Connecticut Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin announced Wednesday. CashCall Inc. and Western Sky Financial LLC have agreed to pay a...